“We all sat around that night, and it was killing us not to talk,” he added. “We just gave each other these long looks. But no one said a word.”
While prosecutors argued that Anthony had used chloroform to kill her daughter, defense attorney Jose Baez presented a different theory.
“Caylee was never missing,” Baez said during the trial. “On June 16, 2008, she drowned in the family swimming pool. It was a horrible tragedy. A common tragedy.”
This theory resonated with the male juror who spoke out this week.
“It was plausible to me,” he said of the drowning argument. “And I remember thinking, ‘Well, that would explain a hell of a lot.’”
By the time opening statements ended, the juror knew that he was in for a long trial.
“They had both given their theories, and now they were going to have to prove them,” he recalled. “I knew that I was going to be there in that courtroom for most of the summer.”
The trial lasted two months, with the jury being sequestered in a hotel the entire time. In the end, the jury acquitted Anthony of all the serious charges.
“Both sides told us that the prosecution had to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt, and after all was finished, I had reasonable doubts,” said the juror. “I think we all did.”
These days, however, the juror feels differently.
“As time has gone by and I’ve learned more, I think maybe I would have come up with a different verdict,” said the juror, who has said that the case still “haunts” him. “But at the time, based on what I knew, and what they told me, I felt that my doubts were reasonable.”
As for what the juror would say if he ever bumped into Anthony on the street, he said, “I wouldn’t say a word. I’d cross over to the other side of the street. I’ve got nothing to say to her.”
ARTICLE SOURCE : WAYNEDUPREE.COM